Overview of Motor Vehicle Defects
Florida Auto Defect Lawyers with 30+ Years of Experience
Motor vehicles, by and large, are designed to be safe. However, manufactures sometimes release vehicles before they are thoroughly tested, or use components known to fail at crucial moments. Careless design or defectively manufactured cars result in serious injuries or death. However, proving liability is not necessarily simple-the laws regarding auto defect liability vary on a state-by-state basis.
Most states hold the following parties liable for defective automobiles:
- The car manufacturer
- The component manufacturer (i.e. tires)
- The dealer, if they sold the at-fault vehicle
There are multiple reasons why a person would be able to hold a manufacturer or dealer liable for their injuries. Breach of warranty, negligence, and strict liability are only three legal theories that would entitle an injured driver or passenger to compensation, and they're more than enough. One of our Florida auto defect lawyers can explain how Florida laws apply to your case and review your options.
Here is a brief explanation of the reasons why you may be entitled to an auto defect lawsuit:
- Breach of Warranty: Your vehicle did not operate at the safety or reliability your car manufacturer promised it would-either implicitly or explicitly.
- Negligence: Manufacturers have an obligation to ensure that their products meet established safety standards.
- Strict Liability: Car manufacturers are subject to strict liability-which means those harmed by their products do not have to prove negligence or harmful intent to file a valid claim.
"How Do I Know If the Dealer or Maker Is Liable?"
A manufacturer or vehicle dealer, but not an individual who is not in the vehicle sales business, may be liable for breach of express or implied warranty. A breach of warranty may occur if there was an error in the design of the vehicle, if a particular vehicle was put together poorly, or if the components installed on the vehicle did not perform properly.
However, it is possible for a seller and buyer to disclaim all warranties during a vehicle sales transaction. Your attorney can review all of the documents signed at the sale of your vehicle and all of the surrounding circumstances to determine if there is an express or implied warranty in effect.
A manufacturer or a dealer may be held liable for negligence if the vehicle was not manufactured according to specifications, if it contained a design defect, or if the installed components were inadequate. Negligence may also apply if a vehicle was marketed improperly, such as if a vehicle is shown in advertisements driving at a higher rate of speed than is safe for that vehicle.
Billions Won For Injured Clients Since 1985
Bringing an action for injuries caused by a defective motor vehicle is very complicated. Such an action not only requires thorough legal knowledge of all the rules and laws that apply, but also requires an understanding of the technical, engineering, and scientific principles that go into the manufacture and design of a motor vehicle. That's where The Ferraro Law Firm can help.
Our firm has achieved the following on behalf of our clients:
- Record-setting verdicts and settlements
- Billions recovered in court for the injured
- Inclusion in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
- Selection to Super Lawyers®, Elite Trial Lawyers, Most Effective Lawyers, and more
Our success is dependent on one thing: our relentless and thorough preparation of every case. We are able to command high verdicts and settlements because opponents know our cases are well-researched, founded on the facts, and rigorously presented by our firm's experienced attorneys. When other lawyers need help on their Florida cases, they turn to us-we are a lawyer's lawyer.
An experienced auto defect attorney in Florida can advise you about the
rules that apply in your state to your situation involving a defective
Call (888) 554-2030 for a free case consultation.